I was told months ago that this was not the case, that the 5D was for certain sequences. I guess they changed their mind.
The real question is: how much was the post budget compared to a regular episode? I know its possible, we ran our own tests. We shot a trailer for a script my brother in law wrote on Super 16, Red, Sony EX1 and 3, and the 5D2. We were looking for ease of integration of the different formats. It was all compiled by Postworks in NYC, and our conclusion was that the 5D2 footage needed too much post when integrated into other formats and there were too many image anomalies, like randon Christmas tree lights off of spectral reflections. The negatives outweighed the positives of generally excellent IQ. If we had been paying for the post, it would have been considerable.
We are looking at the 7D now, and hope that Canon puts some effort into their next generation. Honestly, I'd rather shoot Super 16 than any digital vid cam. That being said, simplicity is king. The less that gear and process gets in the way of the creative process, the better, and there is certainly (or can be) less gear in the way when using a video dslr.
FYI, as for shooting film, Super 16 looks real nice and is about the same cost as digital, maybe a little more. When we shoot freebees and use film, the stock is usually donated, and we get breaks on processing and telecine. So if you are shooting your reel, get jiggy with Super 16, ask and beg for stock and discounts.
Here's the story: House Season Finale Filmed Entirely with Canon 5D Mark II
"@MVRamunno: What is the difference in how it looks on a TV screen compared to a regular camera?
Greg Yaitanes: richer. shallow focus pulls the actors faces to forground [sic]"
"@klizma: How did you manage to stabilize the camera in tight spaces? Any special kind of brackets?
GY: no. mostly gave it a hand held feel. or on a small tripod"
"This is quite an endorsement for Canon, with a network giant entrusting the finale of one of its most popular shows to the 5D Mark II "
"In 2008, House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 81.8 million worldwide, it was the most watched television show on the globe and far surpassed the viewership figures of the leading TV dramas the previous two years"